Uri Aran’s new film works with the artist’s recent performance documentation as if it were found footage, manipulating his large cache of video material to create a new technical vocabulary replete with recursive loops, an operatic score, and improvised “outtakes.” Teetering between melancholia and slapstick comedy, Two Things About Suffering recalls the influence of Marcel Broodthaers’s short films and their absurdist attempts to perform the moment before language. (2016, video, 16 minutes)
New York–based artist Uri Aran (b. 1977) explores the discord and substitutions that occur between meaning and memory. His meticulous and intimate assemblages—which often include found objects, appropriated narratives, and customized display structures—lay bare the idiosyncratic systems of personal and cultural knowledge. Aran has recently exhibited his work at Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Rome; and South London Gallery; and has been included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the 2013 Venice Biennale.